NEWS AND VIEWS
Summaries of and links to online news reports and commentaries.
US-Israeli laser defense project $50 million short
DOUGLAS DAVIS Jerusalem Post - May 9, 1997 2 Iyyar 5757
LONDON (May 8) - The $89 million joint US-Israeli
project to develop a high-energy laser response to
short-range rocket and artillery attacks requires a
further $50 million if it is to result in a fully deployable
system ... The US is currently contributing $59.5
million to the project, while Israel's share is $29.5 million.
Yeltsin Approves Doctrine Of Nuclear First Use if Attacked
David Hoffman, May 10 1997; Page A21 Washington Post
MOSCOW, May 9 -- President Boris Yeltsin has approved
a new security doctrine for Russia that stipulates the right to
use nuclear weapons first if attacked, a senior Kremlin
security adviser said today.
IAEA HEAD BLIX LAUDS CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION
Vienna -- Dr. Hans Blix, director general of the International Atomic
Energy Agency (IAEA), a specialized agency within the United Nations
system, says the coming into force of the Chemical Weapons Convention
(CWC) is a further step toward a world that is gradually being freed
from weapons of mass destruction.